Orange Bowl 2011 – Semi-finals

Austrian pair Dominic Thiem and Patrick Ofner will square up for the second Sunday in a row with Yulia Putintseva and Anett Kontaveit contesting the other final at the 2011 Orange Bowl.

Top seed Thiem comprehensively beat Ofner at the Eddie Herr International last weekend and has since extended his unbeaten run to 17 matches having conquered 12th seed Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in the Orange Bowl semi-finals.

Seventh seed Ofner had a much trickier encounter with Canada’s Filip Peliwo. The 18-year-old lost the first set 6-3 before levelling things with a 6-4 second set score against his unseeded opponent.

Peliwo had chances to win the match when he served at 5-4 in the decider but was broken and a tiebreak ensued. Ofner led 4-1 and 5-3 before being pegged back to 5-5 but won the next two games to reach his fifth final of the year.

It will be the fourth meeting between the Austrian duo in their young careers. All of their matches have been on clay and they are currently tied with two wins apiece.

Roland Garros 2011 - Dominic Thiem

Putintseva will also return to her second consecutive Sunday final as the reigning Eddie Herr champion takes on her quarter-final opponent from last week.

The second seeded Russian was involved in a typically aural performance to knock out the last remaining American Sachia Vickery. She took the first set 7-5 and then came back from 5-1 down in the second to win by the same scoreline.

Vickery had set point when serving at 5-3 but couldn’t keep her cool as the overzealous shouts from Putintseva led to increasing frustration. The wildcard had a penalty point go against her for racquet abuse and no handshakes were exchanged between the pair at the end.

Hoping to inflict revenge on Putintseva will be Estonia’s Kontaveit who came through her semi-final against top seed Eugenie Bouchard following the Canadian’s third set retirement. The fifth seed blamed tiredness for her first set bagel but made a good recovery before the match came to an early end at 0-6, 6-4, 4-2.

There was good news elsewhere for Canada as Erin Routliffe took the under-16’s title after beating Britain’s Katie Boulter 6-4, 6-3. Hyeon Chung of Korea won the boys’ under-16’s crown with his 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1 victory over Colombian Diego Pedraza.

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Orange Bowl 2011 – Quarter-finals

Only one American player remains in the 2011 Orange Bowl as the run of the Podzus twins came to an abrupt end at the quarter-final stage.

Sachia Vickery is the last home player in the tournament after she overcame 14-year-old Russian Varvara Flink in a match that went right down to the wire.

Wildcard Vickery lost the first set 6-2 but levelled things with a 6-3 win in the second. Both players failed to take a stranglehold on the match and went into a tiebreak third set which Vickery claimed 7-4.

Her compatriot Samantha Crawford had the opportunity of guaranteeing a US player in the final but she couldn’t stop second seed Yulia Putintseva despite another three set encounter.

The Russian had yet to drop a set and looked to be keeping that record intact when she edged the first set 7-5. Crawford hit back though and forced a decider with a 6-4 second set scoreline. However, Putintseva’s quality prevailed and she took the match 6-3 in the third.

The intriguing tie between Dutch third seed Indy De Vroome and Estonian fifth seed Anett Kontaveit also went the distance. Kontaveit went ahead with a 7-3 tiebreak first set before the world number nine showed her worth and won 6-2 in the second.

Her opponent had reached the French Open and last week’s Eddie Herr quarter-finals and thrived on the clay once again beating De Vroome 6-3 in the third to reach her first junior semi-final since July.

Top seed Eugenie Bouchard’s passage into the last four was more elementary than the other quarter-final matches. She dispatched of seventh seeded Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2 and the Canadian now stands alone as the only player not to have dropped a set thus far.

Indy de Vroome (NED)

There was less excitement in the boys’ draw as all the matches were concluded in straight sets but there was still shock provided by the exit of sixth seeded Belgian Julien Cagnina. Filip Peliwo, who’s been in good form leading up to the tournament, made it a Canadian in each semi-final draw with his 6-1, 6-4 victory.

He’ll play Austrian Patrick Ofner after the seventh seed ended the dreams of Janis Podzus who took out Wimbledon finalist Liam Broady in the third round. Ofner had no mercy for his lowly-ranked opponent and crushed him 6-2, 6-0.

The Latvian’s twin sibling Martins proved that brothers do things in synch by leaving the competition too. He made a fight of it in the second set against 12th seed Yoshihito Nishioka but the Japanese ultimately won 6-1, 7-5.

He’ll contest his semi-final bout with top seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, who never looked troubled in his 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Belgium’s 10th seed Kimmer Coppejans.

All the scores and results for the boys’ and girls’ singles as well as the boys’ and girls’ doubles are available as drawsheets via the USTA website.

Thiem and Putintseva win in Florida

Austria’s Dominic Thiem took his second title in as many weeks by winning the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships 2011 while Russian Yulia Putintseva won the trophy in her second final appearance.

Thiem had already won the Yucatan Cup on the hard courts of Mexico last weekend but had no trouble adjusting to the clay and lack of rest in Florida, as he didn’t drop a set in the whole tournament.

His opponent in the Grade 1 final was Trofeo Bonfiglio finalist and fellow Austrian Patrick Ofner. The pair had seen off strong semi-finalists Liam Broady and Mitchell Krueger comfortably and Thiem dispatched of his national counterpart with ease in the final, only dropping one game in the match to barely make the occasion a contest.

His great form and number one seeding for the Grade A Orange Bowl starting on Monday make him the man to beat as he continues to climb the top 10 rankings.

Yulia Putintseva

Promising youngster Putintseva will return to the Orange Bowl as second seed after making the quarter-finals of the last three slams and will take great confidence having won her first junior title since May 2010.

She had reached the final last year but succumbed to American Lauren Davis. She had to overcome another home player in Taylor Townsend to reach the final this year and battled through in three sets.

There she met fellow Russian Victoria Kan who beat Ganna Poznikhirenko of the Ukraine in the last four, again in three sets. The final was less of a contest however, as Putintseva came through 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

With a WTA ranking already in the top 250, the 16-year-old has a bright future ahead of her.

For a full list of this year’s Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships winners and draws click here.

French Open Juniors 2011 – Day 1

Jiri Vesely (CZE) With 18 of the world’s top 20 juniors in the boys’ draw it was a strong field but already that tally has fallen to 12 as the seeds dropped like flies on the opening day.

The biggest shock by far was the fall of top seed, world number one and Australian Open boys’ champion Jiri Vesely to Belarus’ Yaraslau Shyla.

Vesely claims clay is a good surface for him and he looked right when kicking his tournament off with a 6-4 scoreline in set one. But the Czech was pegged back in the second, losing it 6-1 before being seen off in the decider with a reverse score of the first.

Shyla had only played in one Grand Slam event before this one and the 18-year-old described the win as “perfect”.

Also being taken out was Austrian Patrick Ofner who a week ago had been in the final of another Grade A event, the Trofeo Bonfiglio. His performance in that tournament increased his ranking position 14 places and into the top 10 but he succumbed to one of the players he overtook in Andres Artunedo Martinavarr.

The Spaniard may fancy a decent run after his half of the draw was weakened by sixth and seventh seeds Tiago Fernandes and Mate Pavic’s exits. Fernandes, winner of last year’s Australian Open juniors, was forced to retire against Filip Peliwo whilst Pavic lost at the hands of Lukas Vrnak in straight sets.

Britain’s George Morgan (9) also fell along with Australian Luke Saville (15) but there were wins for Oliver Golding (4), Roberto Carballes Baena (5), Andrew Whittington (8), Joao Pedro Sorgi (10) Dominic Thiem (14) and Bruno Sant’anna (16).

The girls’ singles was relatively quiet in comparison. Russia have been doing well at this year’s French Open so far and that trend continued with first and second seeds Daria Gavrilova and Irina Khromacheva coming through with no trouble.

The only casualties of note were Argentina’s Victoria Bosio (16), the Ukraine’s Kateryn Kozlova (15) and Japan’s Miho Kowase (10), the latter being beaten by 16-year-old Sofiya Kovalets who’s an unseeded danger at 21st in the world.

All eyes will be on third seed Caroline Garcia today as she starts her campaign in the juniors after being two games away from beating Maria Sharapova in the second round of the women’s singles.

To see the results and scores in full then the Roland Garros website has all the details from the boys’ singles and girls’ singles.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Boys’ Singles Final

The 2011 Trofeo Bonfiglio boys’ singles final strangely finished with the same scoreline as the girls’ final as Filip Horansky won 6-4, 6-2 against Patrick Ofner.

It marked the first time a Slovakian had won at the boys’ event and the 18-year-old will be hoping to add more success to his maiden Grade A tournament victory.

Being the seventh seed and junior world number 10, Horansky went into the match as the favourite. Plus his unseeded Austrian opponent had won just once at a Grade A tournament before this one, so reaching the final was a surprise in itself.

The match definitely wasn’t a classic with several exchanges of breaks in the first set. After Horansky took an early 4-1 lead, he was then pegged back but managed to come through and take it 6-4.

Horansky put the victory down to Ofner’s tiredness as the Slovak led 3-1 and 4-2 in the second. The last two games epitomised the match.

At 40-0 down, Horanksy came back to break before struggling to serve out the championship. He squandered two championship points before Ofner failed to convert a break point.

But similar in conduct to the whole final, Horansky did enough to secure victory eventually winning on his fourth championship point.

Filip Horansky

As with the girls’ singles, highlights of the boys’ final and surreal Rocky-style music can be found on La Gazzetta dello Sport website.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Semi-finals

Danka Kovinic (MNE) The final line-ups of the 52nd edition of the Trofeo Bonfiglio have been decided with the girls’ singles contestants consisting of the winning doubles duo.

Irina Khromacheva and her partner Danka Kovinic beat Japanese pair Miho Kowase and Miyu Kato to claim the doubles crown in Milan and will now battle each other in Sunday’s final.

Kovinic, seeded sixth in the girls’ singles, ended the spirited run of Iva Mekovec who came through qualification as a rank outsider.

The Croatian had seen off much higher ranked opponents such as Montserrat Gonzalez and Sofiya Kovalets but finally came undone against Montenegro’s Kovinic.

Despite exchanging breaks of serve in the early games, 17-year-old Kovinic came through the first set 6-3 before an understandably weary-looking Mekovec found herself 4-0* down in the second. She broke back but couldn’t stop the rot as Kovinic won the match 6-3, 6-1.

Top seed and former junior world number one Khromacheva didn’t find it as comfortable but still came through with little trouble against Natalija Kostic.

The 16-year-old Russian has been in imperious form in recent weeks, having won two $10,000 ITF events as well as two Grade 1 junior tournaments.

In last month’s Open International Juniors de Beaulieu sur Mer she defeated Serbian third seed Kostic in the final.

She only dropped four games in that match and it looked like she could beat that after the first set of the Trofeo Bonfiglio semi-final, taking it 6-1.

However the second set was tighter and at 5-5 Khromacheva broke seeing out the match 6-1, 7-5 and extending her run to 25 consecutive wins.

The number one seed didn’t survive in the boys’ singles though as Austrian Patrick Ofner beat Hugo Dellien 6-3, 6-4. 

Ofner had previously only won one Grade A match in his career but Bolivian Dellien made 30 unforced errors in the semi-final which culminated in the 18-year-old’s victory.

His opponent in the final will be Filip Horansky. The Slovakian is ranked 10th in the junior rankings and beat the man two places below him Joao Pedro Sorgi.

Brazil’s Sorgi, who beat second seed Dominic Thiem in the last round, is of Italian descent so the home crowd can’t even clutch at straws now after his 7-5, 6-2 defeat.

Horansky claimed a first Grade A final berth after two semi-final appearances previously.

Oh and just in case you were wondering, British pair Liam Broady and Oliver Golding won the boys’ doubles 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) against America’s Mitchell Krueger and Shane Vinsant.

Semi-final highlights of Mekovec vs. Kovinic and Dellien vs. Ofner are available via La Gazzetta dello Sport’s website.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Quarter-finals

There are only four boys and four girls remaining in Milan after a set of quarter-final matches that were much the same as the rest of the tournament, i.e. unpredictable.

Iva Mekovec, especially, is in the form of her life. Having reached the main draw through qualifying, the 16-year-old Croatian has already played six matches and rallied from 6-2 in her seventh to beat fourth seed Montserrat Gonzalez in a tiebreak.

Her 365th ranking looks an injustice on this evidence and sixth seed Danka Kovinic, who beat Petra Rohanova 6-2, 6-1, won’t find it that easy in their semi-final meeting.

In the other half of the draw, the semi-final between the first and third seed looks to be a doozy. Both Irina Khromacheva and Natalija Kostic dropped a set in conclusive manners in their quarter-finals but came through to end Ganna Poznikhirenko (8) and Elizaveta Kulichkova’s hopes.

Mate Pavic (CRO)

The boy’s singles produced more upsets with the second and fourth seeds both crashing out.

Patrick Ofner’s victory over Mate Pavic (4) was probably the more unexpected result and the Austrian will now face Hugo Dellien of Bolivia, the top seed and conqueror of Brazil’s Thiago Moura Monteiro.

Fellow Austrian Dominic Thiem (2) won’t be joining Ofner though as Joao Pedro Sorgi (8) ensured Brazilian interest was kept alive with a 6-4, 6-1 win.

Sorgi plays Filip Horansky following the Slovak’s 6-1, 6-4 success over American Bjorn Fratangelo.

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